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Pillar 4: Social Equity

The Social Equity action area explores the root causes of hunger and food insecurity. The long-term health of our community will require more than just increasing access to food and nutrition assistance programs. This section of the Food Action Plan looks at opportunities to address system-wide inequalities in our community that ultimately lead to hunger and food insecurity. Creating system-wide change includes working to ensure that all individuals have the tools and resources they need to make healthy food and lifestyle choices, as well as equal opportunities to shape food system priorities and goals.

A socially equitable food system protects the rights of farmers and farm workers, and upholds the dignity and quality of life for all who work in the food system through healthy living and working conditions. According to Occupations Employment Statistics, most food system and farm workers in Sonoma County earn significantly less than the county average. These reported wages are close to the Federal Poverty Level for a family of four. 

8 Addressing root causes of hunger and food insecurity
9 Creating opportunity and justice for farmers, farm workers and food system workers
10 Ensuring the inclusion of underserved and underrepresented communities in conversations and policymaking about Sonoma County’s food system
11 Increasing community resilience

Download the Food Action Plan - the Social Equity Pillar begins on page 35 and includes 4 broad goals and 11 sub-goals.

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